REPORT | 27/02/2018 | Javier García | PHOTOGRAPHER: Ángel MartínezA Gerard Moreno strike in injury time handed Espanyol all three points at the RCDE Stadium.
- La Liga
- Matchday 26
After holding firm following Madrid's bright start, Espanyol began to pose a threat on Keylor Navas's goal. In the 26th minute, the Whites' custodian just about managed to keep out a Gerard Moreno effort. A few minutes later, the Catalan hitman planted the ball in the back of the net, but the effort was ruled out for offside. Madrid then went on to have a further two chances before the break. Firstly, Marcos Llorente tried his luck from the edge of the area and then a Bale effort struck Víctor Sánchez's hand inside the area.
If the first period saw Real Madrid dominate, the second half began in a more open fashion, with chances for both sides. Espanyol fired first with a shot from Sergio that was saved by Keylor before a header from Óscar Duarte struck the crossbar. Real Madrid hit back thanks to good work down the right by Achraf which resulted in a good save by Diego Lopez and a shot from outside the area by Mateo Kovacic.
The game was now an end-to-end affair and Real Madrid looked to make the most of their attacking quality. However, the minutes passed and the Whites couldn’t find a way through the opposition's defense. The home side also went in search of the three points. In the closing stages, Gerard Moreno, on 89', overhit a cross before Marco Asensio delivered a dangerous centre that didn’t find a striker in added time. With Real Madrid pushing forward, Gerard Moreno took advantage of a counter-attack in the 93rd minute to claim the three points for Espanyol.